Donors / Recipients

I love my pets – so they donate their blood!

Imagine that one day your pet is confronted by a health problem necessitating a blood transfusion, and there aren’t any donors to save it.  You’d probably be angry and desperate. This is why, if your pet meets the criteria to be a donor, you shouldn’t hesitate to join our donors’ network; you’ll only be contacted if needed.

Your actions could save an animal’s life.  That’s got to be worth it, hasn’t it?

Only the blood group, the town and your telephone number will appear on the map of donors ; never your full address or details of your pet’s breed – so as to avoid any possibility of theft.

 

REMEMBER TO ACTIVATE GEOLOCATION ON YOUR COMPUTER, MOBILE / CELL, OR TABLET !!!

 

Commitments of the owners of donors

The owners of dog and cat donors agree to take their animal to their nearest veterinary clinic if needed for a blood transfusion.

Only in case of accident will this be required urgently.

In the case of sickness or scheduled surgery, the veterinary appointment can be planned in advance.

No fees will be charged to the owner of the donor animal; all fees will be payable by the owner of the recipient animal.

So please don't hesitate; let your actions help save somebody's dog or cat.

Criteria to be a blood donor

Donor dog

Age Between 1 and 8 years old.
Weight At least 25 kg. Exclude: too skinny dogs; obese dogs.
General health condition  No sign of a potential disease (vomiting, diarrhea).
Diet Balanced diet
Sex Male; preferably spayed nulliparous female
Character Calm and docile
Current vaccination status Heartworm preventative. No blood collection within 10 days after booster vaccination.
History of transfusion No history of previous blood transfusion.
Medical treatment  No current treatment. No flea preventative just before blood collection.
Medical follow-up Clinical examination before each donation. Annual check-up.
Typing and compatibiliy  Determination of donor’s blood group is compulsory, (cf. compatibility). NB: in any case, a crossmatch is recommended before transfusion.
Infectious disease and transfusion risks Depending on geographical area and age of animal, additional laboratory testing (blood film examination, serology, PCR test) may be required for following diseases:
  • Babesiosis (Babesia canis, B. gibsoni);
  • Leishmaniasis (Leishmania infantum);
  • Ehrlichiosis (Anaplasma phagocytophilum, A. platys, Ehrlichia canis);
  • Brucellosis (Brucella canis);
  • Hemobartonellosis (Mycoplasma haemocanis).

Donor cat

Age Between 1 and 8 years old.
Weight At least 4.5 kg.
General health condition  No sign of a potential disease (vomiting, diarrhea).
Diet Balanced diet
Sex Male; spayed nulliparous female
Character Calm and docile
History of transfusion No history of previous blood transfusion.
Medical treatment  No current treatment. No antiparasitic preventative just before blood collection.
Medical follow-up Clinical examination before each donation. Annual check-up.
Typing and compatibiliy  Determination of donor’s blood group is compulsory, (cf. compatibility). NB: in any case, a crossmatch is recommended before transfusion.
Infectious disease To minimize exposure to feline infectious diseases, feline blood donors should be strictly indoor cats, with no exposure to outdoor cats. Depending on geographical area and age of animal, additional laboratory testing may be required for feline leukemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus, dirofilariasis.